• Coronavirus Alert

    Should You Convert Retirement Account to a Roth Account During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

    April 28, 2020
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the investment world has seen a dramatic decrease in values. This is obviously not what you want to see in your retirement account; however, there could be a silver lining for you to take advantage of — a Roth conversion. A Roth conversion is taking the pre-tax dollars in your retirement account — whether that be a qualified plan sponsored by your employer or a traditional IRA — and paying tax on these amounts currently while leaving such funds in a tax free account (i.e., a Roth account). The earnings after the conversion grow tax-free indefinitely, so when you pull the funds out of the Roth account, there is no tax. Although, the distribution from the Roth account must be a “qualified distribution” to be tax free. This requires that the Roth distribution is made after a 5-year period of participation in the Roth account and occurs on or after the individual attains age 59 ½. In the case of a Roth conversion, the 5-year period begins on the date of the Roth conversion. If there is a distribution from a Roth account that is not a qualified distribution, then the earnings in the Roth account from the time of the Roth conversion will be taxed.
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  • Key Provisions in SECURE Act to Affect Retirement Plans

    January 20, 2020
    As you may have heard, Congress recently passed — and the President signed into law — the SECURE Act, which is landmark legislation that affects the rules for creating and maintaining employer-sponsored retirement plans. SECURE stands for the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act. The SECURE Act is generally effective on January 1, 2020.
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  • Chambers HNW Ranks Firm/Attorneys in Private Wealth Law

    August 5, 2019
    Chambers and Partners© has recognized Friday, Eldredge & Clark and five of the firm’s trust and estate planning attorneys in its 2019 edition of Chambers High Net Worth Guide. The guide covers private wealth management work in key areas around the world, and its rankings are based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with clients and industry leaders. In addition to the individual attorneys recognized, the firm received the highest ranking awarded by Chambers.
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    Friday, Eldredge & Clark Announces New Partners

    January 2, 2019
    Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP announced today that three attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership: Angela Artherton, Katie Watson Bingham and Tyler D. Bone.
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  • Katie M. Eaves Speaks at NWA Events

    November 29, 2018
    Attorney Katie M. Eaves has become the “go-to” speaker in NWA for trust and estate matters, especially on issues related to nonprofit law. In the last few months, Katie has spoken at six different events that were attended by attorneys, students, nonprofit workers, tax professionals and community leaders.
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    Tax Reform May Have a Negative Impact on Nonprofits

    October 22, 2018
    The 2017 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act will have a significant impact on individuals, businesses and nonprofits, but the latter may experience the most negative effects.
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    Firm to Host Tax Seminar in NWA Nov. 13

    September 27, 2018
    If you are an accountant or tax professional, you won’t want to miss this opportunity as the firm’s tax attorneys bring their wealth of knowledge directly to you.
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